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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS3325 Applied Project

20 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Ewan Stefani

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will devise, plan and execute a research-informed practical project that involves the application of musicology, with the resulting practice also being part of the process of research. The module will be taught via a combination of seminars and tutorials, and areas of study will typically involve activities such as: composition, orchestration, arranging and editing; applications of music technology; event- and marketing-based projects; performance-related work; or any other area where a legitimate connection can be made between existing theoretical or practical research and an aspect of practice. The project work itself is not assessed as part of the module, meaning that the Applied Project is an ideal opportunity to explore an area of practical musicology that you might not have explored previously without risk of any inexperience adversely affecting your ability to achieve on the module.


The Applied Project module aims to provide students with the opportunity to design and create an independent project that will maximise their skills and knowledge. The project should be a focussed application of theoretical principles and/or skills which may be linked to another module, including the Dissertation. As an illustration of this, a student who is researching film-sound theory as a Dissertation topic may wish to produce a project that applies and adapts these theoretical principles and techniques to a folio of audiovisual film-sound examples.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Conceive, plan and execute an applied project of an appropriate scope and complexity in a focussed area of study in consultation with an academic tutor
2. Relate existing research and/or practice to their own applied practical work and research
3. Identify appropriate methodologies to apply within the project
4. Locate and work effectively with appropriate sources and materials to situate the project within its research contexts
5. Evaluate and reflect on the project through the identification of key criteria against which its success may be judged, and progress against an agreed timeline and milestones

Skills outcomes
Depending on the project, subject-specific skills in music may include those in areas such as:
• Compositional, orchestration, arrangement, editing
• Applied music technology
• Performance, improvisation
• Music management or business


The module syllabus will vary depending on the nature and focus of the topic area on which the Applied Project is based. In all cases, the development of the project will be supported by individual or group tutorials with an appropriate member of staff. Projects may be developed individually or collaboratively with other students where each student has a role that is clearly defined and meets specific agreed assessment criteria and planned outcomes. It is expected that students will work independently, whether as a group or as individuals.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours193.50
Total Contact hours6.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study time will include 150 hours of independent project development, which may include: practical experimentation, rehearsals, project management and coordination (which may involve meetings with other students for example), research to contextualise practice, technical development and other activities as relevant to ensure the successful application of skills and knowledge to meet the project objectives. The remaining 43.5 hours of private study time will normally be spent maintaining a project log or diary to assist in planning for the assessment, preparing for seminars and tutorials and carrying out work following these contact sessions, and preparing for the module assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

-Student progress will be monitored at regular intervals throughout the module via 7 x 30-minute individual or group tutorials. Additionally, 3 x one-hour seminars will be provided for explanation and exploration of the underpinning principles of applied musicology projects, more formal monitoring of progress, and to give broad formative feedback relating to the development of the project. The assessment at the end of Semester 1 will be used to provide a formal evaluation of progress to date, and to identify what is required for successful completion of the project’s goals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationA verbal presentation of normally 10 minutes20.00
PresentationA verbal presentation of normally 20 minutes80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The semester 2 assessment may take the form of a verbal presentation, lecture recital or illustrated demonstration (as appropriate for the nature of the project) of 20 minutes.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:43:21


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